GetBetterReturns.com Jan05

GetBetterReturns.com

Altaray Property Investments provides better returns through tangible assets using real estate. They wanted a clean, crisp site that responded nicely on mobile devices.  Keep an eye on this site through the new year as they launch their video blog series that aims to help investors maximize returns through real estate investments in Kingston Ontario: getbetterreturns.ca Are you interested in creating a new site or revamping what you’ve currently got?  Contact obird today

Focal Healthcare Nov13

Focal Healthcare

Focal Healthcare had a website but staff were constantly having to contact their web site developer to get changes made.  They wanted a clean, professional looking site but they needed to be able to make changes to it in-house in a timely way. The solution is clean, crisp and all of their content is totally managed in-house.  When they want a change made to the overall look and feel of a page, they can always get in touch but when they want to add news, introduce a new product or add a new employee to their contact page, they’re fully empowered. Are you unhappy with a stale looking company or personal website?  I’m a Kingston-based web designer with 10+ years experience.  I specialize in WordPress sites that are responsive, professional and cost-effective.  Email me at owenbird@gmail.com if you want a free assessment and a no-obligation...

LuLu’s Salon Suite Apr14

LuLu’s Salon Suite...

14 years ago Louis created her own company, Lulus Colour and Hair Salon. Working on the business side more and more, she increasingly found herself missing the true art of hairdressing, the satisfaction of taking a client from an ok hair day to a fabulous one, getting that latest Balyage technique perfect for that 20 something “it” girl, feeling the energy from all the Saturday wedding hair and makeup. She decided to downsize and is happy to be able to create in a  smaller venue, Lulus Salon Suite, which allows me to once again to focus exclusively on my clients. She is an exclusive L’oreal Professional elite salon professional. Providing L’oreal professional hair colour magirel, dia richesse, and majiblonde, Also exclusive L’oreal s semi permanent smoothing treatment, Steam Pod keratin services. She came to us looking for a clean cost-effective solution to allow clients to book appointments online.  The solution is sleek, salable and solid.  All information is stored on Louisa’s server – not with a third party company. Are you interested in taking your web presence to the next level.  obird.ca has worked with many Kingston busineses to help them thrive online.  Contact Us...

The Hardware Pro Apr13

The Hardware Pro

TheHardwarePro.ca is a fully online store offering commercial door hardware to companies large and small.  Located in Kingston, Ontario, the site ships Canada-wide. Online payment is fully integrated into the site using the same payment processor as is used at the physical location. All Purolator shipping is automatically calculated and packing lists and postage prints...

Stanley’s Estates Nov17

Stanley’s Estates...

Stanley’s Estates Agents are Antigua’s most experienced real estate agents – over 50 years of combined experience. On this project, I teamed up with Robby at Hi-Octane Creative to deliver a crisp, clean design with a focus on readability and searchability. As real estate is a fast moving business, in addition to presenting information clearly, it was critical that the site was easy for the agents to use.  We used WordPress with a number of custom built functions as well as off-the-shelf functionality to bring the project to life. If you’re planning on heading to Antigua, get in touch with Stanley’s Estates to find a great rental or property to purchase.  If you’re looking to have your website re-developed – whether you live in Kingston, Ontario or not – contact obird...

Sinclair’s Tree Care Sep06

Sinclair’s Tree Care...

Jordan Sinclair is a certified arborist based out of Napanee, Ontario.  He came to us wanting a cost-effective site to promote his business online. Sinclair’s tree care services Belleville, Kingston and surrounding area.  They travel as far north as Cloyne. He had some great visuals so we worked them into a crisp site that used his images to clearly display the kinds of work that he does and his many talents If you need tree work done , contact http://sinclairstreecare.com/ If you’re looking to create an online presence and need help building a website, contact...

Bin There Dust That Aug25

Bin There Dust That

Bin There Dust That is a locally owned, Kingston family-run, professional cleaning company established in 2001 and serving the Kingston community with over ten years of excellent client service. Bin There Dust That focuses their services on professional space within retail, commercial and private markets, providing a full and comprehensive array of cleaning services for your large or small business. This summer we refreshed their site with a crisp design, sharp visuals and a straight-forward navigation. If you need your professional space cleaned, contact Bin There Dust that: http://www.bintheredustthat.com/ If you are a Kingston Area business in need of a website refresh, contact...

Wine Krafting Aug05

Wine Krafting

Having already worked with WordPress, it didn’t take much convincing to get Sharon, Grant and Tammy on board for a new WordPress site.  The challenge was getting all of their products added so that customers could purchase online. In the wine business, there are linked sales and forced sales meaning that if you purchase wine to brew on premise, you generally want to buy lables, corks and bottle shrinks – but not necessarily.  Theses items are added to the cart when you purchase but can be removed at the customer’s option.  However, there is an on-premise brewing fee which must be charged – so that can’t be removed. Adding the various products was streamlined using a number of methods so we were able to batch import spreadsheets and spreadsheets of items and get them linked together properly.  We also integrated with their existing payment processor so that all transaction for the store and the website now go through a single payment gateway. Interested in making some great tasting beer and wine?  Connect with Wine Krafting in Kingston, Ontario.  Intersted in connecting with a top knotch web designer in Kingston Ontario? call...

Taylored Training Aug05

Taylored Training

Some people question the value of a website in a world of Apps and Social Media.  Taylor and Whitney of Taylored Training fell squarely into this camp and it wasn’t until a new employee joined the team and started voicing his concerns that they took action.  They had neglected their site and as a result, weren’t putting their best foot forward online. We worked together and in short order re-developed their content, tweaked their menu structure and relaunched their site using WordPress.  Whitney is now able to manage all of her own content without having to call a service provider every time. The new site is crisp, clean and responds dynamically so that it looks great no matter which device you are using to view the site.  Go on, resize your browser window and check out how the site beautifully changes to look great! Looking for a great workout?  Check out Taylored Training on Princess St in Kingston.  Looking to freshen up your online presence, call...

Martin’s Fireplaces Jul28

Martin’s Fireplaces...

Doug Martin approached me with an interesting problem.  He was getting several compliments on his site and it was ranking very well in Googleis searches.  The problem was that his current website template was very limiting.  He could only add a few pages and as it was, the menu wasn’t consistent on every single page. For this redesign, we really focused on how beautiful his products are.  Every page has a gallery and shows the wide range of options available.  The Fireplace renovations section shows many of Doug’s past fireplace renovation projects to give prospective customers some ideas. Interested in a new fireplace or renovating what you’ve got?  In the Kingston area, contact Doug Martin of Martin’s Fireplaces Looking for a new website design, contact...

Summers At Sea Jul05

Summers At Sea

Summers at Sea is a Canadian not-for-profit organization registered with Corporations Canada as a Federal Corporation.  The approached us looking for a clean new site that would clearly outline what the company was all about. We put together this online brochure with subtle animations which heighten interest in the content without being irritating. Check out their full program offerings here: www.summersatsea.com/...

AlbertaSailing.com May13

AlbertaSailing.com

AlbertaSailing.com was an early adopter of the Content Management System back in 2005.  While the products on the market were different but the functionality was similar.  We picked Expression Engine at the time and it served the association well for many years. Looking to update the look/feel of the site and take advantage of the many new features offered by WordPress, the Alberta Sailing Association again worked with us to develop this new site.  The goal was a clean site with crisp images and a clear navigation structure. Responsive design was a must as more and more sailors are accessing function on the road and on the water, away from their desktops and laptops. The result is a clean new site that is completely managed by association staff and volunteers.  Feedback from members has been great and staff love it too. Are you ready to revamp your existing website?  Get in touch and we’ll show you what we can do....

1D Sailing Apr17

1D Sailing

Often times when clients come to me, they are starting fresh and looking to develop a completely new site with new navigation, new content and new images to deliver an entirely different user experience.  With 1D Sailing, that wasn’t the case; they already had a site that looked great on large browsers.  Unfortunately, the experience for users on smart phones and tablets – a growing part of the web browsing market – wasn’t ideal. We worked together to redevelop their site using responsive design so that the site dynamically changes its layout and navigation options to deliver a quality user experience.  We implemented some subtle but slick animations to make images stand out without being annoying. We also worked to integrate online registration for their programs and a shopping cart tool for their online gear sales. The changes that we made have gotten great feedback and the company is growing incredibly quickly with locations popping up all over Ontario. Are you an adult interested in learning how to sail, race or cruise?  Already an experienced sailor? Contact 1DSailing.com and check out their advanced programs – they offer a program fit for you. How does your site look on mobile devices?  Not sure?  Get in touch and I’ll help you find out....

Stone Earth Snow Apr11

Stone Earth Snow

Angus had worked for over two decades in the Structural Landscape/ Stonemasonry industry in Australia, designing and constructing everything from peoples landscapes to solid sandstone houses. Having moved to Canada permanently in 2009, Angus awaited his permanent resident status and once receiving it he then began working with stone again. With many years machinery experience, He then bought a John Deere skid steer and a few attachments late 2013. He came to us wanting a clean crisp and easy to navigate site that show cased his present and past work including some Australian jobs. The result is a fully-responsive page with high quality images and a great user experience. If you need some foundation or property improvement work done around your place, give Angus a shout – if you’re looking for a slick new site, contact...

Decor by Steve Feb11

Decor by Steve

When I first sat down with Steve, his website hadn’t been updated in 7 years.  He was very early to setup an online presence but business got busy and he hadn’t had time to focus on the site.  I worked hard to make the process painless and efficient. The old site used frames – a technology not well supported by modern browsers.  It also didn’t have a consistent menu structure from one page to the next.  When the site was built, connection speeds were slow so all images were very low resolution by modern standards. Steve wanted the new site to be crisp, clean and timeless.  He didn’t anticipate going another 7 years before making edits but it had to be something that would remain relevant without consistent modifications. Site visitors can now clearly tell what Steve does and how to contact him.  Samples of his many projects have been added and galleries created.  The site is also responsive so users on desktops, laptops, tablets and smart phones all get a great experience. Call Steve today for all of your interior decorating needs:...

Off Base Housing Feb06

Off Base Housing

www.offbasehousing.ca is the solution to a common problem for military families.  Often times military families are required to move frequently and on short notice.  This site is designed to be an effective way for them to find other families in similar situations to exchange housing.  Whether the family is looking for a new home to rent or buy near a new base or sell/rent their current home, this site makes it easy. In addition, those who aren’t in the military but have a home near a base are also welcome to use the site. In order to generate interest, the first 10 posts in each location are offered for free.  Once the free ads have been placed, Memberships are available for $9.99/year which allow 25 ads to be placed. Check it out and list your property...

Ontario Sailing Jan24

Ontario Sailing

Ontario Sailing was ahead of the curve and implemented a custom Content Management System before they were in widespread use.  That was back in 2005 and although it was very progressive at the time, it has been surpassed both in form and functionality by modern website offerings. Having worked with Ontairo Sailing for years, I was well aware of their system’s architecture and the scope of what they wanted to develop in their new site. Their old site was dated, cluttered and difficult to modify.  Some sections required advanced coding skills to modify and left staff with the difficult decision of whether to pay hefty bills to get sponsor logos changed or deal with less than adequate information. In developing their new WordPress site, it was going to be absolutely critical for staffers to be able to change everything themselves.  They wanted to be able to add and remove sponsors as well as the ability to give more weight to their premiere sponsors.  They wanted to add slick looking galleries and have the ability to custom crop their images and add descriptive captions.  They required a complex menu structure with the ability to change it at the drop of a hat.  And, because of the heavy traffic on the site, they needed it to be housed on a secure server that could handle the load of early spring registration traffic. The new site went live in December 2013 and the feedback has been overwhelmingly positive.  The partnership between Owen Bird Consulting and Ontario Sailing continues today as we work to develop new functionality in their online registration system, electronic newsletter and online store. Check out their new site today: ontariosailing.ca   Are you interested in taking your web presence to the next level? If...

Tut’s Renovations Sep11

Tut’s Renovations...

When Brandon came to us, he had already been working with – and thoroughly disappointed by – another web designer.  We picked up the pieces and acted fast to build him a great site.  The previous developer still had tutsreno.com registered so we registered www.tutsreno.ca and got working right away.  After the site had launched I worked hard and eventually got control of the .com domain name once again. The site is fully mobile friendly and looks great on a tablet, smart phone, desktop and laptop.  Just for fun, load the site and change your browser size to see how the site dynamically responds.  That’s responsive design and one of the many services we offer at Owen Bird Consulting. Call Brandon for all of your home renovation needs – and to let him know that you love his new...

Thamesford Volleyball Aug11

Thamesford Volleyball...

When two buddies in Thamesford decided to setup a Volleyball league, they knew that they had a lot of work ahead of them.  Buying land, getting sand, setting up nets and spreading word about the new league took up most every waking hour this spring.  When they courts were ready to go, they called Owen Bird Consulting and we built this site on a tight timeline.  The site allows team captains to signup and pay using all major credit cards.  All other team members signup through the site as well so that they can electronically sign the waiver and get on the mailing list. Once play started, this site was the go-to spot to find out about league standings and upcoming game times. The two buddies will be promoting all winter so that they can have an even busier season in 2014 Way to go guys!  ...

College Sports Jul11

College Sports

Bob has been dealing skis, snowboards, inline skates, life jackets, t-shirts and everything in between.  When he’s not outfitting customers, he’s out playing himself – either boating on West Lake or shredding the slopes. He wanted a slick looking website that would showcase his brands and let people know what his store had to offer.  He didn’t want to spend a lot of time every day making changes so the site needed to operate like a brochure. I developed the site to be clean, easy to navigate and energetic.  For each season, we grab some new images to keep the homepage fresh. Stop in and see Bob today: www.collegesportsbelleville.com – Oh yeah and be sure to tell him you loved the...

Kingston Sail Loft Jun10

Kingston Sail Loft

JC and Andy were getting complaints that not only did they not have a website, but Google had incorrect business hours posted for them. They wanted a clean, crisp and uncluttered site that they could maintain themselves.  Since launch, JC’s daughter has been taking pictures around the loft and adding content to the site.   Check it out...

collinsbaymarina.com May23

collinsbaymarina.com

Gerry and Lori wanted a face-lift for their Marina’s website this spring.  The previous site had served the Marina well but with more and more customers wanting to view the site on their mobile devices, it was clear that the old site wasn’t up to the task. The new site includes all features from the existing site including the live webcam, the launch and haulout calendars and various contact forms.  In addition, the homepage is much more dynamic, updates are a breeze and the site automatically adjusts to be displayed perfectly on everything from an iphone, to a desktop to a TV. Check out their new site and see what Gerry and Lori have been up...

Blayesma.com May23

Blayesma.com

Doug and Pat have been working in the Hotel and Hospitality industry for years.  This year, they decided to venture out on their own and start Blayes Management Associates. The goal of the site was to develop a crisp, clean and uncluttered site that would clearly communicate the wide range of services that their new venture offers. The project also included new business card and letterhead design. We’re all pretty happy with how this one came together. Check it out for...

AnnuitiesHQ.com Apr15

AnnuitiesHQ.com

AnnuitiesHQ.com was launched on April 14th, 2013 with this fresh, new look-and-feel.  The site is built using WordPress and makes use of several great plugins to provide some pretty amazing functionality.  Check it out at...